Back In The Saddle | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

I am still on time to wish a Happy 2013 to everyone, hoping this year, still in the baby phase, will treat every one of us very nicely.

I had a desire to see one of the most acclaimed Opera Houses in the world: the Metropolitan of New York. For a long time, I wanted to sit on those red velvet plush chairs, soaking the ambience, the décor, enjoying the mesmerizing sound of an opera and imagining which famous people has been there before me. On the second day of this New Year, I left for New York while my business is still under the holiday’s calm water and I did just that, soaked the ambience in the fan-shaped auditorium, decorated in gold and white. Photographs as usual are not allowed in theatres, but the views will be forever imprinted in my mind.

“Designed by architect Wallace K. Harrison, the Metropolitan Opera House is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex. The building opened in September 1966 and features seating for app 3,800 people. The exterior is clad in white travertine stone and the front is graced with a distinctive series of five arches.(…)” from Wikipedia.

I chose to see the Barber Of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, a Tony Award winner production of only two hours. It was a fun rowdy and razor-sharp classic comedy that can entertain an entire family. I have seen this opera in many productions mostly sung in Italian, but this was sung in English. The cast was charming and irresistible and costumes were colorfully playful. I loved every minute of it.

Les Troyens was sung in French. This was a vast epic story, evoking the Trojan War story with duration of about five hours. The last aria “Je vais mourir (I am going to die) received a standing ovation.

The back stage tour of the Met was on my plans for my last day in N.Y. Learning about behind the scene’s episodes and some of the actors’ idiosyncrasy was sweet and enlightening.

What desire, or dream do you have and is there any room to realize it this year? If your answer is yes, do it, there is no point in saving that dream for a better time. Today is the time!
I am back in the saddle, happy to resume my work and hectic life. My year has started well, I hope yours has too and will continue to stay good. Sending all of you love and peace. Ciao,

Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina On REDValentina Cirasola is an interior designer, in business since 1990 and a former fashion designer. She helps people realizing their dream spaces in homes, offices, interiors, exteriors, restaurants and more.
She is the author of three books all available on this site on the Books page and on


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